Earlier today I was viewing the first cut of a pilot that was extremely fun and engaging, yet the musicality of various scenes was completely displaced and did not enhance the setting at all. This had me thinking about how vital music is when it comes to creating the atmosphere of a television program. Many of my favorite Bravo shows, such as Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List and NYC Prep have great theme songs and music played throughout the programs that appropriately set the tone. Moreover, it is quite interesting how influential music is in affecting our moods, environments, and our lives in general.
This past weekend, for example, I was driving home after running errands and “Hungry Heart” by Bruce Springsteen came on the radio; once I got to my house I had this sudden urge to veg out, so I watched a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston. For this reason, to begin my day with a lively start I listen to music every morning while I’m getting ready for work. My play list consists of an eclectic mix that get me pumped up for the day, including Matthew Wilder’s “Break My Stride,” Pras’ “Ghetto Superstar,” and KT Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See” (which, in my opinion, is like the national anthem for interns). Oftentimes, my fellow intern Jill and I even quietly sing songs together here at the office. Not only does it make time fly by, but it also generates a sense of camaraderie between us.
On some occasions though, it is best not to incorporate music into your daily life: Yesterday I was heading to work when I saw an extremely attractive person coming my way. I could practically hear James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful” resonating through my head as a romantic fantasy ensued…until I walked into a column right in front of me.
Perhaps I could use some more silence in my life?